Idyllwild’s proud hockey Dad Brian Smith submitted this account of last week’s Wildcats game:

This weekend the Wildcats played in the Presidents Day Open tournament. On Friday, the Wildcats played their first game against the Riverside Moose.

Three minutes into the first period, the Moose started off the scoring with a breakaway goal. A minute and a half into the second period, Scott Hommel tied it up for the Wildcats. With four-and-a-half minutes to go in the second, the Moose put one in off the post to regain the lead. Two minutes into the third, the Moose scored to go up 3-1. With four minutes to go, Tiffany Anderson scored to make it a 1-goal game. With just under a minute to go, Cole Behseresht scored with an assist from Adam Smith to tie the game for a final score of 3-3.

On Saturday, the Wildcats faced off with the Lady Wildcats in their second game of the tournament. Seven minutes into the first period, Juliette Koepke scored for the Wildcats. Four minutes later, Malakai Lynch scored to make it 2-0. Five minutes into the second, Adam Smith scored to make it 3-0. Two minutes later Tyler Longnecker scored, increasing their lead to 4. Six minutes into the third, Wayne Sturdevant scored a short-handed goal to put the Wildcats up 5-0. Four minutes later, the Lady Wildcats scored to break the shutout, for a final score of 5-1.

On Sunday, the Wildcats played the Lady Ducks. Ten minutes into the first, Scott Hommel scored for the Wildcats. With 35 seconds to go in the period, a Wildcats defender unintentionally tipped it past his own goalie for a Lady Ducks goal. Five minutes into the second, Max Nordhausen scored on a breakaway to regain the lead. Three minutes later, Scott Hommel scored his second goal of the game.

Only a minute after his goal, the Lady Ducks scored to make it 3-2. With four minutes to go in the second, Max Nordhausen scored his second goal of the game, putting the Wildcats up 4-2. With no goals in the third period, the Wildcats would win 4-2, and advance to the championship game on Monday evening.

On Monday evening, the Wildcats played the Riverside Moose in the Presidents Day tournament championship game. Both teams played hard through a scoreless first period. Five minutes into the second period, Wayne Sturdevant scored the first goal of the game for the Wildcats. They would hold the 1-0 lead through the end of the second period.

Four minutes into the third, Tiffany Anderson scored an insurance goal. With just under two minutes to go, the Moose got a breakaway, but goaltender Kevin Moore held strong and secured the 2-0 shutout win for the Wildcats, also giving them the tournament win.

Following their last 2016-17 game and victory, the Idyllwild girls Middle School team posed for a team photograph. Back row, from left, are Lilah Whitney, Grace McKimson, Peyton Prieffer, Emma Rose, Madison Collis and Coach Brennen Prieffer behind. Front row, from left, are Matilda Terry, Vicky Lovett, Sivoney Garcia, Fatima Guzman and Emma Righetti.
Photo by Amy Righetti
Grace McKimson (# 4) dribbles toward the basket as teammate Emma Righetti (# 8) sets a screen during the game against Noli Indian School of San Jacinto. The Idyllwild Middle School girls team defeated Noli.